Gaufest 2015 -- in a Nutshell 

From our Vorplattler, Eric Walker:

As most of you know, the 25. Gaufest was held this past weekend in Milwaukee by S.V.E.V. D'Oberlandler. Here are some highlights from the Fest:

 - Members of our dance group competed in Einzel Preisplattln Friday morning.  All of them did a fantastic job!
 - Siasswasser Tanzlmusi played for everyone's listening and dancing pleasure on Friday evening after the Heimatabend program.
 - Edelweiss performed their Ehrentanz, the Sternpolka, in the first band break Friday night.
 - Saturday morning, our dance group entered a team into Gruppen Preisplattln for the first time in about 24 years. We got 9th place out of 20 competing groups. I am so very proud of our effort!
 - Sunday afternoon was filled with the music played by the Gauverband Nordamerika Gaukapelle which was formed by our own Rick Michels and hosts many of Edelweiss' musicians.

I want to congratulate all who participated in Preisplattln, both Einzel and Gruppen! We are very proud of our dancers and appreciate all of our musicians!

I would also like to extend my sincere gratitude to all who helped our group prepare for competition; musicians, alternates, dancers, friends, and our Verein.  We would not have been as successful as we were without each and every one of  you!!
Vergelt's Gott!!!

We're Dancing on June 20 at Carpathia! 

Carpathia puts on a fun Fathers Day Fest on June 20-21 in a tent on the Carpathia campus. Edelweiss dancers have been asked to dance and will show their talents at about 6:45 on Saturday night, June 20.  Come out and enjoy some food, beer, desserts, and Gemütlichkeit!  **

On that Saturday, many musicians from around the Gauverband will be in town to practice all day as the Gaukapelle.  Four years ago, Gaumusikwart Rick Michels (Edelweiss's own music director, as well) mailed out music to musicians throughout the Gauverband. They practiced on their own for about a year. At the Gaufest held in Orlando, Florida, in 2011, the band made its debut.  About 40 musicians, among them many from Edelweiss, were remarkably good considering they had only practiced TOGETHER for a couple of hours. Since then, many of them have continued to work to be even better.  Two years ago in Cleveland they played for the opening ceremonies and parade and were quite good.  This year, they'll be playing for the Sunday afternoon festivities at the Gaufest in Milwaukee.  To prepare for that, a number of musicians will be coming to the Detroit area from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and other places to spend the day inside the Carpathia Hall working hard on their music.  Afterwards, what better way to relax than to go outside and enjoy the hospitality and Kameradeschaft at the Fest. Edelweiss members are excited to welcome our Trachtenfreunde!

**Edelweiss dancers: ladies wear black soft Mieder, cranberry skirt, apron of choice; men wear white shirt, no tie, green vest. 

26. Mittelwest Bezirksheimatfest 

Say that three times real fast!  What is it?  It's the 26th year of clubs from the Midwest getting together to celebrate camaraderie and tradition together. Each year the groups meet in a different city in the Midwest, hosted by a different club, to have a wonderful weekend together. Up to 300 people from about 20 clubs! The Fest has everything -- time to socialize, workshops about all things Bavarian, dancing, great music, dance exhibitions and competition for the youth, more socializing. The children who were there at the early Feste are still attending -- many with their own children. The friendships made over the years are strong; the sense of community keeps growing.

Early next year our club will publish more info about the event, which will be held in one location: the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Anyone within Gauverband Nordamerika is invited to attend. If you're not a member of a club, contact Edelweiss Detroit to find out how to participate. 

When?  Friday, April 1 - Saturday, April 2, 2016

Let the Fahnenweihe Weekend Begin! 

Everyone is excited about GTEV Chiemgau Windsor's Fahnenweihe this weekend! Besides seeing our Patenkind in Windsor, our other Patenkind -- STV Bavaria Cleveland -- will be there. Friday, May 1, starts the weekend off with a Volkstanzabend at the Teutonia Windsor. Saturday at 3 pm we'll be at the Corpus Christi Parish in Windsor to take part in the blessing of Chiemgau's new flag. Then back to Teutonia for the Festabend -- dinner, dancing, more dancing, and great music, including our own Siasswasser Tanzlmusi.  Sunday at 11 am, join us for Frühschoppen.  Some tickets are still available for Saturday's banquet.  Friday & Sunday are sold out events. See more detailed info on Chiemgau's website at www.maifestwindsor.com.

Edelweiss: Friday & Sunday, Boarisch Gwand; Saturday, Festtracht

Church location: Corpus Christi Parish, 1400 Cabana Road West, Windsor, ON, N9G 1C4

Fest Hall: Teutonia Club, 55 Edinborough Street, Windsor, ON, N8X 3C3,  519-969-3815

Hotel: Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, 2530 Ouellette Ave. Windsor ON N8X 1L7, 519-966-1860

 

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